The passionate mastermind behind Kitty Kat Pole Dancing instructs small groups in the sensual arts of pole dancing. Within the red-walled studio lined with billowing white curtains, she helps women to chisel profiles in a variety of pole-dancing classes, during which students tone upper arms by hoisting themselves up to the ceiling and activate abs by slowly twirling back to the ground. Groups can also host sexy parties at the studio, strutting to energetic music and dancing with more grace than a swan quoting Shakespeare.
Channeling a background in dance, event planning, and fitness, Deanna Gonzalez knows how to make a workout feel like a party. She founded Miami Dance House as a way to synthesize the supportive atmosphere of exercise and the creative expression of a dance studio into a single venue. There, students banish calories and inhibitions with a curriculum of classes that caters to nearly any taste. Instructors of each class hope to build their students' rhythm and confidence—regardless of each person's experience level.
The members of PAN Performing Arts Network bring a range of backgrounds to their international collective: some are experienced musical composers, guitarists, and singers, while others are established teaching artists and actors. Their expertise allows them to gather all the arts under one roof with an annual performance season and more than 40 regular classes each week. These classes span instruction in dance styles such as ballet, modern, Afro-Haitian, and Irish step, as well as training in creative movement, acting, instrumental music, and voice. Instructors tailor their classes to the needs of beginner through advanced-level adults, children, and children disguised as adults. They also provide classes suited to senior citizens and students with special needs.
An offshoot of a Peruvian dance spot, DK Studio Miami brings Timba Cubana–style salsa dancing stateside. The instructors have 15 years of dance experience, and have trained with dance masters in Cuba and around the world, learning firsthand about the dance and the culture surrounding it. While learning the basics of Timba Cubana, participants will incorporate aspects of the cha-cha and rumba as well.
On the surface, Susan Hilferty appeared to be living the American dream—a promising position as a pharmaceutical rep, plus an upcoming marriage. But for a woman who grew up studying at The School of American Ballet and dancing on stages including Lincoln Center, selling pills felt empty at times, and Hilferty found her need for physical expression growing stronger. While visiting a friend in Los Angeles, she took her first pole-dancing class, and almost immediately, her life took a new direction.
Though she faced resistance from friends and family, Hilferty saw in her classes how pole dancing transformed women—giving them new confidence, encouraging them to overcome insecurities, and helping them heal from past traumas. She called off her wedding, continued taking classes, and eventually opened Pole Fitness Miami. Today, she and her team of trained ballerinas lead pole-dancing and dance-based fitness classes at two locations. Ranked on CBS Local Miami's list of Best Places For Unique Workouts, the boutique surrounds saunterers with purple walls, subdued lighting, and gauzy curtains to create a sultry atmosphere. Additionally, Hilferty and her crew help students obtain pole-dance certifications, as well as arrange pole-dance parties so groups of damsels can strengthen their bonds or celebrate becoming volunteer firefighters.
Featured on CNN's HLN Morning Express, the energetic troupe of professional dancers at Salsa Mia infuses their students with the instincts to set dance floors ablaze during a schedule of Miami-style salsa classes. The studio’s lively classes encourage participants varying from beginners to advanced dancers to frequently switch partners as they practice salsa’s energetic fusion of rhythm, footwork, and diced tomatoes. Students come to learn solo, with a partner, or with a group of friends. Friday-night instruction transforms into a dance party, where participants can sip Cuban mojitos, mingle with their peers, and dance deep into the night to live music.